Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Mini Caprese Salad Bites – a most delicious salad served in a most elegant way. The perfect appetizer for a party, or just simply because!

mini-caprese-salad-bites-1Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese is a very simple salad from Italy consisting of fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. I think the beauty of this salad is its simplicity and the fact that it consists of the Italian flag colors. Different versions of it include using balsamic vinegar and that’s what I chose to do with mine today.

I love this salad, and we make it almost every night of the week because of how simple it is. We use fresh bocconcini for it and if you’ve never had bocconcini, all it is is small pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese. We also tried something different this time, I say we because it was my husband’s idea to do this and he’s the salad king at our house. We tried a balsamic reduction instead of just plain old balsamic vinegar. I think it was a great idea, mostly because it looks better and if you’re making this for a party I strongly recommend using a balsamic reduction instead.

A balsamic reduction all it is is just cooking the balsamic vinegar for a while and it will reduce to less than half and thicken in the process, so the flavor is more concentrated.

One more thing I want to say about this caprese salad, isn’t this the cutest presentation you’ve ever seen? I mean how adorable and perfect is this for an appetizer at a party?

It’s brilliant! I know, you’ll impress everyone!

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Mini Caprese Salad Bites
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups mini bocconcini pieces
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • a bunch of fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • toothpics
Instructions
  1. In a small skillet add the balsamic vinegar and cook over medium heat until it reduced to less than half and thickened. Make sure you stir occasionally. It should only take about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the amount you're reducing.
  2. Take a toothpick and on it stick a bocconcini, a basil leaf and a cherry tomato. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Using a teaspoon drizzle some of the balsamic reduction onto each appetizer.

Enjoy!

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  1. Jill Brown says

    Ok, I want to do these for my daughter’s Bridal Shower coming up soon, 7-26-14. You say you used “brocconcini” but in the picture it looks like the cheese is in the shape of a ball. Did you use a small scoop on the mozzarella or can you buy cheese in the shape of a ball? Also, I am noticing that there are fewer and fewer stores that carry red cherry tomatoes and instead carry what they are calling “salad” tomatoes, which are an oval shape. I really like the round/cherry tomatoes and I have found only the yellow tomatoes, which would be nice to use both colors. Your thoughts? Thanks I can hardly wait to try this and the balsamic vinegar reduction sounds like a great idea. I’ll let you know. -Jill

    • says

      Hi Jill,
      Bocconcini is small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, you should be able to find this in your grocery store with all the cheeses. You can use the oval small tomatoes, or the cherry tomatoes. :)

  2. says

    I just made 10 just to get the visual for my dinner party tomorrow. I will make the rest tomorrow because they are very easy to assemble. They look adorable, I wish I could enclose the photo I just took.
    I cut a little of the bottom of the tomatoes, and they are standing up like proud little soldiers!
    Thank you for sharing this yummy idea for an appetizer !

  3. NC Pat says

    I’ve been making these for years, only I call it “salad on a stick”. You can change out the mozzarella for a feta cube, add a small dice of cucumber, and a piece of kalamata olive. Use a Greek-style dressing and call it “Greek salad on a stick”.

  4. JWF says

    I love your presentation, but how do you get them to stand up right? Where did you buy your skewers? (perhaps that’s where I’m going wrong. ?)

    • says

      Haha, it’s not a trick I swear, all you have to do is cut the bottom of the tomato off so that it’s flat and can stand, it doesn’t matter what skewers you use, toothpicks would work just as well. Good luck. :)

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